Monthly Crafting Book Club for September – Happy Pumpkin Day Mouse

Happy Pumpkin Day Mouse - Happy Pumpkin Day Mouse is a FANTASTIC book for little kids. Come see what easy crafts the Monthly Crafting Book Club has created for September's book!

 

This book has been a favourite of my family for two years now.  Toddlers just LOVE It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse by Laura Numeroff, same series as if You Take A Mouse To School series.  Between the counting, learning facial features, and pumpkin fun my kids squeal with excitement over this book and make me read it over and over again.  Now that my son is almost two (not till Christmas) he adores this book and yells “eek” and “boo” over and over again.

It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse is the book of the month in the Monthly Crafting Book Club for September.  I formed a group of bloggers after Christmas last year who would be interested in participating in a monthly blog series where we all do a craft or activity based on the same book.  It’s been a great success and I have loved to see what everyone comes up with.  If you think you might be interested in joining us join our Facebook Group HERE and check out the upcoming books to see if you would be interested in joining us.  You are not obligated to participate every month and can pick and choose which ones you want to participate in.

 

Check out our past month’s crafts below:

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

 

This month I choose to do pumpkin faces with my kids, a great way to recognize emotion and teach my son matching.

Materials Needed

  • Orange Paint
  • Empty Egg Carton
  • Sharp knife, paint brushes, etc.
  • Markers
  • It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse Book by Laura Numeroff

Instructions

  • Use a knife to cut apart the egg carton.  I find a knife is easier than scissors, but whatever floats you boat.
  • Next I had my kids paint the egg cartons orange.
  • I let them dry overnight (or maybe two until we had time to come back to it).
  • I took the book and copied the faces of the pumpkins onto our egg carton pumpkins.
  • I gave the kids each a marker and the extra egg shell pumpkins and had them decorate as well.

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Put It All Together

We grabbed the book and the egg carton pumpkins and laid them out on the floor so we could see all the faces.  As we read the book we picked out the pumpkin that matched the emotional pumpkin on the page, usually imitating it ourselves.  “This pumpkin is sad”, we all made sad faces and found the sad pumpkin. We did this for the whole book until we matched all the pumpkin faces to the right page.

 

And repeat!

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The kids loved doing this, it was super easy, they got to get messy (always a favourite), and read a book together which is also fun.  By incorporating a the book with a craft it encourages them to read more, they are more likely to remember it with the craft, and it prolongs the story and makes It more enjoyable for them.  We love reading in this house and I want to foster that love and make it as interactive as possible to further their interest in reading.

 

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Check out the other amazing Pumpkin Day Mouse crafts that my fellow bloggers came up with:

 

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How to Make an Outdoor Mabon Altar

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Mabon around the corner!  Fall is by far my favorite season, my favourite sabbat, Mabon is also in Fall.  If you are looking for tips on how to make an outdoor mabon altar to help bring your practice to your backyard then look no further!  I have a huge tree with tons of squirrels in my backyard, and two young kids, so everything has to be safe for fur and human baby alike, festive, and fun.  Here are some tips on how to make an outdoor altar, or just a fun place outside to celebrate the changing of the seasons and Fall.

Step 1

First you need to choose a location, not the busiest location, but not hidden in the back as you want a chance to enjoy it right?  Choose a place in sight, but not high traffic area.

Step 2

Decide on your materials.  Here are some fun things to incorporate into a Mabon Altar:

  • Apples
  • Pumpkins
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Pine Cones
  • Acorns
  • Candles
  • Herbs
  • Statues
  • Fairies
  • Representatives for the elements: water, incense, candles, soil, etc.

Step 3

Plan your set up, are you placing it right on the ground?  On a stump, rock?  A little table?  Pick your location and start planning how you want to set it up.

Step 4

Enlist the help of your kids to help you set it up (don’t worry once they get bored you can always re-do it afterwards) getting them involved in your family Mabon Altar is half the fun!  Explain to them why you are making it, for us we are saying goodbye to summer and hello to Fall.  We are celebrating the second harvest festival and gearing up to Mabon.

Step 5

Leave an offering.  This is the fun part, get the kids to help choose.  It can be as simple as an apple, or as elaborate as getting them to help bake a baked good using some harvest foods.  For a delicious Pumpkin Muffin recipe the kids are sure to love click here.  I like to enclude a beverage too, apple cider is the best (non-alcoholic of course), or milk or water will work too.  We like to say a quick thanks to the God and Goddess for their ambundent harvest before leaving the offering on the altar.

Step 6

Come back and visit often.  Leave more offerings (food or items), tidy up, and refresh with some nice energy.  You can chant some fall chants.  We like Hoof and Horn (click here to see it) to raise up some energy or use your song as an offering.

My kids had a lot of fun making the altar.  I keep finding random objects on it, pictures, special (to them) stones, sticks, etc.  It’s a really fun way to get them involved.  My yard squirrels are loving the apples too!

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Apple Crafts & Activites

Apple Crafts & Activities - Apples provide an opportunity to do tons of fun apple crafts and activities to help teach children more and make it into something educational.

Apples are a staple in our fall activities.  I like to incorporate as many apple related things into our schedule as possible.  I love doing Apple crafts and activities to help teach the kids more and make it into something fun. Apple Crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers in the Fall is a big part of celebrating Fall and Mabon to us.

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Here are some of the apple activities we did:

Apple bowling

Apple Bowling

This one was really entertaining.  We painted some toilet paper rolls red to kind of look like apples then rolled apples into the rolls to knock them down.

 

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Apple Matching

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This one was a fun easy activity for a toddler to do.

Apple Puzzle Piece Craft

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I did this as part of a wreath but it is super cute and would look great on it’s own.

Felt Board Autumn Tree

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This is an easy fall felt tree craft to make for your toddler.  I added apples on there so she could play apple tree and fall leaves.

Apple paper plate craft

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Mabon Printable

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Although, not just apples, there are apples in here so I thought I would include it anyway.

Painting Apple Shapes with Cookie Cutters

Apple Cookie Cutter Painting

This was a lot of fun and a big hit with Bee.  I took apple cookie cutters and gave her red paint to dip them in, then had her use them like stamps.  Super easy and quick and went over well.

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We also did another similar one, take anything circular, I used the screw parts of a mason jar then had Bee dip it in red paint then press the circles on a paper.  After it dried I used markers to make a stem and leaf and then had her colour it red.

Apple Crafts & Activities - Apples provide an opportunity to do tons of fun apple crafts and activities to help teach children more and make it into something educational.

Some other ideas for apple-related activities are:

  • Apple picking
  • Paint with apple stamps (cut apple in half and dip in paint)
  • Bake something with apples
  • Bobbing for apples
  • Eating apples

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What are your favourite apple crafts and activities?
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Pom Pom Pumpkin Craft

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My daughter is really into pumpkins right now.  We made a two-stage pumpkin paper plate craft to go with the pumpkin theme.

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First we painted it orange then let it dry.  I let her do it her way so the plate looks just like a toddler painted it (aka tons of white spots), but she did it herself and that was more important to me.

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After letting it dry, we practiced more painting skills by painting glue on the plate, then sticking orange pom poms on it.  After she was tired of gluing, she picked a ribbon for the leaf and helped me twist a brown pipe cleaner to use as the stem.

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What are your favourite pom pom crafts?  Are you gearing up for pumpkin season too?

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Mabon Wreath

Fall is amazing!  I am trying to become more creative so decided to attempt making my first wreath.

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I saw this posted and thought, wow this looks great!  This was my inspiration but I wanted to make apples too and try and see if they would work on a wreath.

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Materials Needed:

  • Glue gun & glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Red & orange paint
  • Ribbon for stems & to hang

 

I cut circles out of a cardboard box with an x-acto knife, using cups as template and a large bowl for the wreath.   Then painted half red and the other half orange.

Then I took some puzzle pieces and painted them red and orange.  The first ones were already dry by the time I finished painting so I heated up the glue gun then started glueing puzzle pieces on.   How many pieces you will need is a personal decision, I started painting some red ones but they were too small and I hit up the dollar store again to get some bigger pieces.  I found 5-6 big pieces worked.  I tried glueing the small pieces I had done previously on to embelish, but found I preferred without so didn’t do it with the pumpkin ones.
I took a small puzzle piece and a brown marker and painted 6 stalks.  Then I cut up some ribbons and glued a stem and 1-2 ribbons on each pumpkin/apple.

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I glued them alternating on the wreath, then I glued some brown ribbon on the back to hang it.

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I was really happy with the results.  My first real attempt at something crafty/decorating related.  What do you guys think?  Do you prefer to just buy a premade wreath or make something more to your tastes




 

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